In the run up to the state assembly elections,the BJP poster war in Gujarat has escalated,as a second one targeting Chief Minister Narendra Modi has come up in some parts of the city.
The posters say,”Follow Raj dharma,Praja dharma and party dharma”.
This is the second such derogatory poster to surface in the ongoing turf war between Sanjay Joshi and Narendra Modi.
Sanjay Joshi resigned from BJP today.
Though the poster did not directly refer to Modi,it apparently was pointed at him,as he was the one who was advised by former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee to follow “Raj dharma” after 2002 riots.
The surfacing of two posters has once again revealed that factionalism in BJP has reached its peak before the state polls.
This is the second poster that has surfaced against Modi when the state elections are scheduled to be held in December this year.
On Monday,posters targeting Modi on the issue of removal of party leader Sanjay Joshi from National Executive membership had surfaced in the city and in New Delhi.
The hoardings and posters with Joshi’s pictures said,’nobody becomes big (leader) with a narrow mind’.
It is yet not clear who was behind the first poster,even as BJP has started inquiry into the matter. In the meantime the second one has also come up.
The matter of posters is likely to be discussed in detail in the two-day state executive of the BJP which is going to start from tomorrow in Rajkot.
The BJP at present seems to be divided in two camps with former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel,openly taking on Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Patel has said that people of Gujarat are living in fear under Modi rule.
Patel group is going to organise two major rallies in the state in the next few days to build up their campaign in the case.
In what seems to be a retaliation,a complaint has been filed against Patel and his associates for promoting enmity between different groups in a Junagadh court.
Modi has also come under criticism from RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya,and BJP magazine Kamal Sandesh.
Meanwhile,anti-Modi slogans came up on some walls in Rajkot city where Modi will be attending BJP’s state executive meeting tomorrow and day-after.
The BJP workers erased the slogans. Local BJP leaders said they had no knowledge of the slogans.
Apart from Sanjay Joshi issue,Modi is also facing trouble after a complaint for “promoting enmity between groups” was filed against Keshubhai Patel.
The complaint was filed yesterday by Bahadur Khuman in a Junagadh court,seeking probe against Patel and other 65 persons over an allegedly provocative speech.
Siddharth Parmar,former BJP MLA from Rajkot,and now Maha Gujarat Janata Party spokesperson,said in a statement that the complaint was politically motivated. “Kehsubhai has never crossed party’s line and has never made such a statement that provoked people of Patel community,” Parmar said,adding that it was nothing but state government’s conspiracy,for winning the Assembly polls.